A Page -- Oct. 3, 2010

After rugged regular-season 

schedule, HB's soccer team looking 

forward to second season and quest 

to get another state championship

Oct. 3, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SHAKER HEIGHTS – With a hefty number of Student/Athletes graduated from last year’s pool of Division II players around the state, Hathaway Brown’s soccer team is going to make a serious run at defending its state championship from 2009 when the sectional tournaments begin in 10 days.

The Blazers won the championship on the field but later had it stripped because of a technicality and had to settle for second place as far as the record is concerned even though they know in their hearts that they were the “champs.”

Also, the Blazers expect to repeat as an Academic All Ohio team as they did last year from the previous season with every player on the team having a 3.0 grade-point average or better.

“In order to go far in post season, we need improvement in games that are physical and we, need to improve on scoring goals,” said coach Dennis Weyn, whose HB teams have posted a combined record of 163-31-19 in 10 years, including 17-2-1 in 2009. “With us, there seems to be less depth, but at the same time more experienced soccer players of the few who are established.”


In order to get ready for the post-season tournament, Weyn beefed up the regular-season schedule. All but three matches the Blazers have played and have left to platy were and will be against Division I teams.

“This is the most challenging ever for us,” Weyn said. “We could be a contender for the States in Division II.  As a whole in D-II, soccer has less this season; therefore, success is a possibility. Despite noticing we have a small young team, other coaches have complimented on our high skill level. On the other hand, due to younger roster this year, their confidence and could improve so that they start believing that success can be consistent.”

The strength of the Blazers this year has been their defense, but they do know they need to place more focus on scoring goals and creating chances.

While the Blazer Junior Varsity was 3-8-2 last year, some of the talented ones have moved up and this year’s JV outfit (1-6-2) also might not have won many matches but the staff is concerned more with development than wins at this level and some o fthe more stellar ones could prove useful in a move-up down the road in the post season.

Still, the other team has to score goals, which is tougher to do on HB than it is on most since goalkeeper Grace Redmon is the all time school record holder with 15 shut outs.

“We do have unity, skills, experience, and 8 players who were returning from 2009 State Champ team,” Weyn said.

Other seniors on the team besides Redmon are fullback/midfielder Lauren Casarona, midfielder Anna Reighart, and versatile Birdie Wargo.

So far, the Blazers are 4-7-1 against that rugged schedule of mainly Division I foes.

Raiders nip Polar Bears, 1-0

By Josh Reilly

ADA, Ohio -- The Mount Union men's soccer team fell victim to a late Ohio Northern goal and suffered its first loss in Ohio Athletic Conference play -- a 1-0 defeat Cameron Johnson struck in the 87th minute to lift the hosts.

Purple Raider goalkeeper Jon Critell (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) made 10 saves. Mac Church stopped four shots for the Polar Bears.

Mount Union will return to action on Saturday when it hosts Marietta. Kickoff is at noon.

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Mount Union.........  0  0 -  0
 Ohio Northern men...  0  1 -  1
  1.  86:14 ONUM Cameron Johnson (7) (Dan Otanicar) - headed pass from left side

 Shots: Mount Union 8, Ohio Northern men 24
 Saves: Mount Union 10 (Jonathan Critell 10), Ohio Northern men 4 (Mac
 Church 4)

P. Bears blank P. Raiders

ADA, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's soccer team dropped a 5-0 decision to Ohio Northern.

The host Polar Bears took a 2-0 halftime lead with goals by Natalie White and Sandy Plunkett 

in the first and 11th minutes, respectively.

Sami Atkinson and Tara Tokar added scores in the second half. Ohio Northern also benefited from an own goal by the Purple Raiders.

In net, Aubree Lieberman (Cleveland Heights/Cleveland Heights) and Taryn Vespoint (Ravenna/Ravenna) made four saves apiece for Mount Union.

Erin Waehner had one stop for the Polar Bears.

Ravenna's Vespoint

The Raiders will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 9. They will host Marietta at 2:30 p.m.

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Mount Union.........  0  0 -  0
 Ohio Northern women.  2  3 -  5
  1.   0:22 ONUW Natalie White (2) (Sandy Plunkett) - through ball, scored on break away
  2.  10:30 ONUW Sandy Plunkett (1) (Natalie White) - centering pass to 25
  3.  48:08 ONUW Sami Atkinson (7) (Sandy Plunkett) - 25 centered to 17
  4.  55:48 ONUW OWN GOAL (unassisted)
  5.  56:49 ONUW Tara Tokar (4) (unassisted) - long shot

 Shots: Mount Union 7, Ohio Northern women 23
 Saves: Mount Union 8 (Taryn Vespoint 4; Aubree Lieberman 4), Ohio
 Northern women 1 (Erin Waehner 1)




By Nick Minerd

ATLANTA –The Case Western Reserve volleyball team dropped a pair of matches versus No. 23-ranked New York University and Emory University (GA) as it wrapped up play at the University Athletic Association Round Robin #1 today (Sunday, October 3) at Woodruff PE Center. The losses snapped the Spartans’ 11-match win streak.

With its 1-2 performance for the weekend, Case moves to 14-5 overall and 1-2 in the UAA.

The Spartans came out strong and bested NYU (20-3, 1-1 UAA) in the first set, 25-21, before dropping set two, 25-15, and set three, 25-19. Case won the fourth set by a score of 25-19, but came up just short in the deciding fifth set, 15-10.
Former Shoregal Allie Palmer

Sophomore middle hitter Allie Palmer (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) posted a team-high and season-best 15 kills while junior outside hitter Rachael Suchy (Venetia, PA/Peters Township) and junior middle hitter Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, OH/Stephen T. Badin) each added 12. Sophomore setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, OH/Geneva) paced the offense with 44 assists.

Versus national-power Emory, Case was swept 3-0 by scores of 25-15, 25-19 and 25-19 as the hosts improved to 16-2 (3-0 UAA).
Another former Shoregal, Beth Karpinski

Senior outside hitter Beth Karpinski (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) led the way with her fifth double-double (11 kills/13 digs) of the season.

Mount women fifth after one day

October 3, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

MEADVILLE, Pa. -- Mount Union's women's golf team is ranked fifth after day one of the Allegheny Invitational (Pa.) at the par-73 Country Club at Meadville.

Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington) had the top Purple Raider score -- an 86 -- as Mount Union had a team tally of 366. Snode sits in ninth place.

Competing as an individual, Allegheny's Abby Sorensen shot an 80. The Gator squad leads the team scores with a 335.


Allegheny Invitational - Round One

The Country Club at Meadville
Par 73, 5,802 yards

Team Scores
1. Allegheny (Pa.) 335, 2. Wittenberg 352, 3. Baldwin-Wallace 357, 4. Mercyhurst (Pa.) 359, 5. Mount Union 366, 6. St. John Fisher (N.Y.) 394, 7. Denison 407, 8. Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) 409, 9. Wooster 423

Top 5 Individuals
1. *Abby Sorensen (Allegheny, Pa.) 80, T2. Lauren Hammell (Allegheny, Pa.) 82, T2. Sarah Vorder Bruegge (Allegheny, Pa.) 82, T2. Evann Parker (Mercyhurst, Pa.) 82, 5. Hannah Schonau-Taylor (Allegheny, Pa.) 83

* Competing as an Individual

Mount Union
9. Mary Snode 86, T23. Erica Swanger 91, 28. Megan Zenobi 93, T32. Meghan McInnes 96, T42. Kelly Slutz 10













Zips still looking for first win on the gridiron

By Gregg Bach

AKRON – The University of Akron football team suffered a 50-14 defeat to Mid-American Conference West Division favorite Northern Illinois on rainy Saturday night at InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field.  

With the setback, the Zips fell to 0-5 on the season overall and 0-1 in the MAC, while the Huskies improved to 3-2, 1-0. Senior running back Alex Allen rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the losing effort for UA.
Akron senior running back Alex Allen carried the ball 14 times for 99 yards in the Zips' loss to Northern Illinois.
Allen (courtesy: Jeff Harwell-Zips Sports Photography)

Watch short videos of Akron-N. Illinois game filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Akron took a 7-3 lead midway through the first quarter after Allen punched the ball in on a 1-yard carry. The scoring drive was set up by a big play from the special teams as Adam Steiner recovered a muffed punt return attempt by NIU's Ricky Crider on the Huskies' 11 yard line. 

But NIU answered with 26 unanswered points to take a 29-7 lead into the locker room at halftime and never looked back. 

The Zips made one last push, cutting into the deficit on their first offensive series of the second half. Allen sparked the drive with a career-long, 74-yard rush up the middle to the NIU 1-yard line and found the end zone two plays later to make it 29-14. Allen's long spurt was the 18th-longest rush from scrimmage in UA history. 

NIU got the points back on their next drive, however, with an eight-play, 60-yard drive and kept UA off the scoreboard the rest of the way. UA sophomore quarterback Patrick Nicelycompleted 14-of-26 passes for 128 yards and had one interception. Senior wide receiver Jeremy LaFrance led the Zips with five catches for 57 yards. 
South alum Pat Nicely, the zips QB

Akron will next make the short trip to arch-rival Kent State for the annual battle for the Wagon Wheel next Saturday. The Zips and Golden Flashes will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET in a contest scheduled to be televised by SportsTime Ohio.

Listen to two post-game interviews with Zips coach Rob Ianello conducted by Norm Weber, Joe Jastrzemski and Tom Gaffney from last night’s Akron-Northern Illinois football game by clicking and downloading:


Rob Ianello Bio

Zips Notebook: The Akron loss ended a two-game win streak in the all-time series with Northern Illinois. NIU now leads the series with UA 7-4 (2-1 in games played in Akron) ... Four of the Zips' next five games are on the road ... Six of Akron's 10 touchdowns this season have come on the ground and five of those are courtesy of senior RB Alex Allen (two tonight) ... Allen has two multiple TD games this season and four in his career (other one this season was against Gardner-Webb on Sept. 11) ... Sophomore LS Adam Steiner's fumble recovery in the first quarter was the second of his career, with the first coming last season at Syracuse (Oct. 24, 2009) ... Freshman S Anthony Holmes made his first collegiate start and recorded nine tackles, the third most of any player on the field tonight.

Listen to post-game interview with Student/Athlete Alex Allen conducted by Norm Weber, Joe Jastrzemski and Tom Gaffney from last night’s Akron-Northern Illinois football game by clicking and downloading:



Colt Runners Kick it up at Grizzly Invite

The Cloverleaf ladies cross country team finished 3rd of 6 teams in the White Division of the Grizzly Invitational held this past Saturday at Memorial Park in Wadsworth.  

Six of the eleven Lady Colts ran a season personal best time.  Considering this was the last non-tournament race of the year, the coaches were all pleased with the team and individual performances.

 Janelle Shaffer led the way for the Colts and earned a top ten medal with a 6th place finish overall.  Shaffer covered the Memorial Park 5K in 21:19.  Ashley Murray was second for the Colts, finishing 12th overall with a time of 22:14. 

The third, fourth, and fifth place runners for the Colts were in a tight pack which enabled the team to finish in the top three.  Bridget Read lead this pack with her 18th place performance.  Read was followed closely by Sierra Holopeter , 19th, and Katlyn Donnelly, 20th. 

“We were proud of Janelle for finishing in the top ten”, said Coach Reedy.  Ashley Murray improved her PR by 25 seconds.  

“Bridget Read ran a PR today in going under 23 minutes, and Katlyn Donnelly had the best improvement among varsity runners, as she improved  her PR by 34 seconds”, said Reedy.   “In the Open race,  Kate Schwanke destroyed her previous season best performance by a whopping  1 minute, 29 seconds.”

The Cloverleaf men’s cross country team had their best finish of the year placing 2nd of the six teams in the White Division race.

The Colts were led by Paul Hissong’s 5th place finish overall.  Hissong’s time was 18:52.  Hissong was followed closely by Loren Talabac’s 6th place finish.  

Freshman Josh Butt was the third finisher for the Colts with his 15th place finish.  RJ Bechtel finished in 16th with  team mates Mike Wendell, 28th, Ryan Pistor,29th, and Josh Longsdorf, 36th, rounding out the scoring for the Colts.

Varsity runner Chris Markeson, who also plays on the Cloverleaf varsity soccer team, was not available to run at the Grizzly Invite, and was missed by the team. 

B-W Women’s Golf Team Stands 

Fourth After First Day of Allegheny 


By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team stands fourth of 12 teams after today’s first round today (Sunday, October 3, 2010) at the Allegheny College Invitational Tournament being played at the Meadville Country Club in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  The final round will be played tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 4.

The Yellow Jacket “A” team shot a first round total of 357 strokes to stand fourth and the “B” team carded a 383-stroke total on the par-73 and 5,802-yard Meadville C.C. layout. Third ranked Allegheny is currently leading the tournament with a team score 335.

Old Brooklyn native Brooke Hamilton

The “A” team performance was led by sophomore All-Ohio Athletic Conference player Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) who turned in a score of 88 on the par 73 course. Following Hamilton was freshman Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/Darby) who shot an 89, freshman Emilee Woolf (Ravenna/ Senior) who carded a 90, and sophomore All-OAC player Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) carding a 90. Rounding out the the “A” team on the day was freshman Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Dayton Christian) who finished with an 90 as well.

Ravenna native Emilee Woolf

The Yellow Jacket “B” team  was led by freshman Mirranda Rockich (Akron/ Green) who finished with 89 finishing two shots ahead of freshman Mary Crisafio (Pittsburgh, Pa./ The Linsly School) who carded an 91. In addition, freshman Sarah Allred (Akron/ Green) had a 95, senior Diana Han (Curitiba, BRAZIL) had a 108, and senior Nicole Carlone (Canton/ St. Thomas Aquinas) carded a 109 to round out the teams score for the first round.

Green's Miranda Rockich

Lutheran West alum Ben Lehrke 

leads Raiders

October 3, 2010 

ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- Mount Union freshman Ben Lehrke (North Ridgeville/Lutheran West) shot Sunday's low score -- a 72 -- and the Purple Raider men's golf team sits in second place after day one of the Muskingum Fall Invitational at the par-70 EagleSticks Golf Course.


After putting together a 37 on the front nine, Lehrke stormed the back nine with a 35.

Denison leads the event with a score of 302. The Raiders have a 305.

Play at the tournament will wrap up on Monday.


Muskingum Fall Invitational - Round One
EagleSticks Golf Course

Team Scores

1. Denison 302, 2. Mount Union 305, 3. Muskingum 313, 4. Capital 332

Top 5 Individuals
1. Ben Lehrke (Mount Union) 72, 2. Aaron Klimchuk (Denison) 74, T3. Sam Kaiser (Denison) 75, T3. Andrew Smith (Denison) 75, T5. Jourdon Leymon (Muskingum) 76, T5. James Mickey (Muskingum)

Mount Union
1. Ben Lehrke 72, 7. Alex Welch 77, T8Jon Lieser 78, T8. Justin Grunstein 78, T8. *Tyler Hickerson 78, T15.Dillon Bright 79.